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Most car manufacturers are doing research to develop those futuristic cars that can drive themselves. We have a few already that monitor the road even while the driver is in control and they have the ability to take over in an emergency. Last week at the auto show in Los Angeles, Toyota gave us a step in between. It’s not a fully autonomous car but it does provide much more interaction than anything currently on the road. And it can interact with more than just the driver.
Black Friday is almost upon us. Until I met my husband 17 years ago, I did not take part in the annual shopping frenzy. Sure, the sale prices are good, but the crowds were just too much for me. I like my shopping on the quieter side. My husband, on the other hand, takes a different approach. He doesn’t actually buy anything on Black Friday. For him it’s more of a spectator sport. We go to the mall, get a seasonally flavored coffee, and then just sit back and watch the chaos. From this point of view, it’s actually a lot of fun.
If you are anything like me, and millions of other people, your first car probably wasn’t pretty to look at. When you buy your first car you need something that runs and will get you where you’re going. What you’re really buying is a trade-in on a future vehicle that you actually want to drive. The paint may be spotted, the seats may be worn, and I even had one that was missing the headliner. You know you don’t look “cool” in this car, but it’s just what you drive until you can afford a “real” car.
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A recent report by the Erie Insurance Group has uncovered some very disturbing information. 65,000 fatal accident reports were studied from a two-year period (2010 – 2011) and there was one cause of the crashes that outnumbered texting or talking on the phone by 5 to 1. Was it drunk driving? Nope. Maybe it was falling asleep at the wheel. Wrong again. Speeding? Another good guess but the answer doesn’t concern any of the irresponsible behavior we’ve come to associate with car accidents.
A new hybrid was recently shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. This one comes from Volkswagen and they call it the Twin Up!. It is the next offering in the XL1 line and is a plug-in hybrid version of the Up! already on the market.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in central Florida most of us have been issued special trash cans to be used with the new garbage trucks. They have special handles that allow the truck to pick them up without human intervention. And they are huge. At least compared to the one we used to have. I remember thinking when we got it that we would never fill it up in a week. I was wrong. I am amazed at the amount of garbage we can produce. On a global scale it’s a problem. We simply don’t have room for all the trash human beings generate. So we recycle what we can. But what can you really do with all those plastic bottles, besides make new plastic bottles?
You have to hand it to Sweden. They come up with some pretty good ideas. The Swedes gave us ultrasound technology and the pacemaker. Not to mention their delicious meatballs. Now they’ve done it again. Another revolutionary invention has come out of Sweden, thanks to Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt.
Did you know that between 2006 and 2011 the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol declined consistently? Were we more responsible? Were we not driving drunk? Or were we just lucky? We may never know but the trend is over. Intoxicated drivers killed more 4.6% more people in 2012 than in 2011. And it appears the numbers will continue to rise.
There’s nothing quite so satisfying as an old-fashioned road trip. However, with cold weather setting in across the country, many of the traditional motoring destinations are off-limits until next spring.
Fortunately, the Sunshine State comes into full bloom from November through March. Its mild winter weather and eye-catching scenic beauty make it the perfect place to enjoy a driving adventure. And you’ll be able to explore all of its charm and grandeur on the Old Florida Heritage Highway.
In the course of automotive history, there have been thousands of cars that have elicited almost as many emotions from us. Some cars, like the Edsel or the Pontiac Aztek, make us cringe and wonder if the best thing those designers ever created was their resume. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are the cars that we simply love instantly like the Tri-Five Chevrolets or the first generation Thunderbird. Then there are cars that simply blow our minds with their combination of speed and beauty. Cars that blend the perfect mix of power, and esthetic appeal are few and far between, but when they do come along, they ingrain their images in our memories forever. One of the best examples of these cars is the very first McLauren F1 created by Ameritech.
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Come the spring of 2014, BMW will once again debut a "new" model. Why the quotation marks? Well, BMW has been on this kick recently of delving into even number models (the most recent being the 4-Series) as opposed to their more traditional odd-numbered Series. The 4-Series is essentially a two-door version of the 3-Series and this newest rendition of the Ultimate Driving Machine has been deemed the 2-Series. It should come as no surprise that BMW has announced it will not make a 1-Series for the 2014 model year because, as you can imagine, the 2-Series is essentially the new 1-Series with a few slight differences.